Engineering for middle school: a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines

Ann McKenna, Alice Agogino

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Abstract

The current work describes an instructional module which emphasizes integrative design using the six simple machines of the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the inclined plane, the screw, and gear. The emphasis of this module is on having the students investigate the underlying scientific and mathematical properties of the 'machines', and then integrating this knowledge to design creative solutions to problems. This simple machines module makes use of an original web-based multimedia learning environment as well as off-line hands-on building activities with the LEGO Technic I set.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
PublisherIEEE
Pages1496-1501
Number of pages6
Volume3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 3 (of 3) - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Duration: Nov 5 1997Nov 8 1997

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 3 (of 3)
CityPittsburgh, PA, USA
Period11/5/9711/8/97

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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McKenna, A., & Agogino, A. (1997). Engineering for middle school: a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference (Vol. 3, pp. 1496-1501). IEEE.

Engineering for middle school : a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines. / McKenna, Ann; Agogino, Alice.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 3 IEEE, 1997. p. 1496-1501.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

McKenna, A & Agogino, A 1997, Engineering for middle school: a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. vol. 3, IEEE, pp. 1496-1501, Proceedings of the 1997 27th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education. Part 3 (of 3), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 11/5/97.
McKenna A, Agogino A. Engineering for middle school: a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 3. IEEE. 1997. p. 1496-1501
McKenna, Ann ; Agogino, Alice. / Engineering for middle school : a web-based module for learning and designing with simple machines. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 3 IEEE, 1997. pp. 1496-1501
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